September 30, 2014

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Medina school board OKs lease for cell tower at Claggett Middle School

The Medina Board of Education on Monday approved a lease for a 100-foot-high cell tower next to Memorial Soccer Stadium at Claggett Middle School. TowerCo, a North Carolina-based cellphone tower company, wants to build a “monopole” tower and a shelter to house Verizon cellular service equipment. Jon Burkhart, Medina Schools’ director of business affairs, said Read More…

Children use Lego blocks to build skills in math, science

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Dozens of young engineers in the making got to try their hands at building whatever they could imagine Sunday with an unlimited supply of Legos, the colorful construction toys from Denmark. The event wasn’t all fun and games. Shannon Simmons, director of Medina’s franchise of Bricks 4 Kidz, said the goal of the program is Read More…

International Fest draws 15,000 to Medina’s Public Square

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The International Fest held on to the title of Medina’s biggest single-day event of the year. The Saturday festival, which ran 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and celebrated international culture with music, food and activities, drew about 15,000 visitors to the square, organizers said. “I think attendance was down a little bit from last year, Read More…

Upset homeowners told gas pipeline may run through their properties

To view a map of the pipeline, click here. To view a letter sent to a homeowner, click here. Katie Anderson and Jon Wysochanski | The Gazette Mario Pascolini got a letter in the mail Friday informing him that a 250-mile natural gas pipeline from Kensington, Ohio, to Dawn Hub, Ontario, might be crossing his Read More…

Volunteers pack up supplies, food for students in need

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Two hundred backpacks, boxes of ramen noodles and tables of pencils and notebooks and other elementary school supplies were packed Sunday night by a group of volunteers. Foundation 4Life distributors from across the county gathered at the ATEAM All-Stars Leadership Center, 1188 Medina Road, Sharon Township, to bag supplies for the start of the school Read More…

Parents crusade for teen driving safety

As high schoolers pile into cars to head to school, dances, football games and other fall events, local law enforcement officers and parents are urging teens to make sure they follow state laws for young drivers. Ohio has laws that prohibit 16-year-old drivers from having more than one passenger who is not a family member. Read More…

Retail stores have a solid start to back-to-school shopping season

The back-to-school shopping season is off to a promising start, but retailers may be sacrificing profit for sales. The National Retail Federation expects the average family with school-aged children to spend $669.28 for back to school items, up 5 percent from last year. That would be the second-highest amount since the industry trade group started Read More…

PHOTOS: Ladies Night Out in Medina draws customers to local businesses

Shannon Lang, left, and Lindsey Barazda, both age 10, get their hair braided by Mary Kay of VCS Salon and Spa during Ladies Night Out in Medina on Thursday. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

During Ladies Night Out events throughout the year in Medina, locally owned and operated businesses are open evening hours and feature special shopping deals, samplings of specialty food products and mini-makeovers. Thursday’s event was sponsored by merchants of Main Street Medina and the Medina Historic District with the support of VCS Salon and Spa.

Traveling Sept. 11 memorial to Medina to spread ‘never forget’ message

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A mobile 9/11 memorial will roll into Medina at the end of August for two days. The 53-foot-long Tunnel to Towers tractor-trailer will make a stop in the city Aug. 26 and 27. It features an 1,100-square-foot interactive memorial to the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives trying to save people inside the Read More…

‘Funky Winkerbean’ comic creator contributes to anti-bullying campaign

Tom Batiuk, creator of the "Funky Winkerbean" and "Crankshaft" comic strips, holds up a strip set for publication in September 2015. The strip showcases characters Owen and Cody, who are now seniors in high school, deciding they're not cut out to bully freshmen like the seniors bullied them. Batiuk contributed to a compilation of anti-bullying comic strips titled Bullying Is No Laughing Matter, which is available now. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

When nationally syndicated newspaper comic strip writer Tom Batiuk was in grade school, he once saw a girl bullied by his peers and did nothing. The memory has stuck with him and will be echoed in a “Funky Winkerbean” storyline next year. “My whole life, I’ve thought what it’s like to be that person,” Batiuk Read More…